Good things come to those who wait. Earlier this week, the shop presented the much-anticipated production sample. Three, actually. One of which I kept, while the other two will be referenced by the shop as they set up production.
Here are the specs:
Average Weight: 7.6 oz (ranging between 7.4 oz and 7.8 oz)
Dimensions: approx the same as my proto, nominally 7 1/4″ x 4″ collapsed, 8 3/4″ x 4″ in use
Boiling capacity: 18 oz*
The keen will notice two things: first is that the average weight is comfortably under the 8 oz target. Second is that the *boiling capacity has gone down by two ounces. This is an unfortunate result of a process change required for the shop to make a consistently sealed seam at the bottom, and was a route I okay’d rather than 1) having a leaky Boiler or 2) increasing its dimensions and weight. The change does provide for a marginally larger chimney that should slightly (but only slightly) improve combustion and air flow. I also anticipate that most folks will use the Boiler at 16 oz of capacity, so I don’t think there has been a serious reduction in utility.
The other thing that all of this does is move the expected shipping date to late February. It’s very unfortunate, but pushing the envelope in a big way and with reliable results can take more time than expected. I sent this update to those who pre-ordered earlier today, and the response has remained supportive, a fact I both appreciate and don’t take for granted. Depending on what I can work out, some may go out before then, and I’m pulling whatever strings I can to make that materialize.
With that large milestone now behind me, and a more predictable production schedule, my attention is turning back to sewing and lining up the finishing processes.
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